Teenagers are overloaded, strapped for time, and often asked to wake far earlier than they should because of school start times. It’s no surprise they’re sleep-deprived, with far-reaching consequences.

Now, parenting journalist Lisa L. Lewis has written a guide for parents that synthesizes the research and provides practical information and strategies. The book The Sleep Deprived Teen: Why Our Teenagers Are So Tired, and How Parents and Schools Can Help Them Thrive includes:

  • The science of why sleep matters and how it changes during the teen years;
  • An overview of how sleep affects mental health, athletic performance, academic success, and more;
  • An essential primer on how sex and gender, sexual identity, socioeconomic status, and race and ethnicity can affect sleep;
  • An eye-opening look at technology and sleep;
  • A guide to making sleep-friendly changes at home and in schools to help teens;
  • An exclusive insider look at what it took to bring about California’s school start times law.

The foreword is written by sleep specialist Rafael Pelayo, MD.

As Maida Lynn Chen, MD, director, Sleep Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and professor of pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, notes, The Sleep-Deprived Teen “outlines a roadmap for healthier and better-slept teens through community and school advocacy.” 

Arianna Huffington, founder & CEO, Thrive Global, describes the book as “a call to action for parents everywhere to help their teens thrive.”